ROME, N.Y. – Connected Community Schools has found a new home after Staley Elementary School, its former hub location, was closed by the school district due to flooding and air quality issues.
Next year, the organization’s hub will be in the Old City Hall at 207 N. James St. in Rome.
The group consists of members of the Rome Alliance for Education and the Central New York Health Home Network, and was initially launched to help connect students and families with resources in the community.
Each participating district, including Rome, Camden, Dolgeville and Waterville, has a Connected Community Schools resource hub based somewhere in the district, but this new Community Impact Center in Rome will serve more than just the school community.
“And there are people who are not able to get to our schools or in our schools so we’re really going to attempt to build and impact center, that hubs not only tangible items but services and resources within the building. We’ll have space that can be shared by other agencies. So, it’s somewhat of a one-stop-shop for families,” said Melissa Roys, executive director of the Rome Alliance for Education.
The group hopes to have resources for seniors and other vulnerable populations at the Rome hub when it opens.